- Adam Engstrom
- United Kingdom
Service Learning Coordinatior, AmeriCorps
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Giving voice to people through the medium of photography.
Recently, I came across a Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=67903709660) set up by photographer Delmi Alvarez that states:
"Every woman have a secret dream. We ask to Latvian women to realize its dream in one picture. [...] Goal of the project and the exhibition: Emphasize the presence of the woman in the Latvian society as a community in progress."
The group aims to get women to submit a photograph of their dream which would then be presented in an exhibit. I am very interested in the social empowerment potential of photography, and I think that this could be a very powerful way of promoting people who are often marginalized by mainstream society (not just women, obviously, but also racial minorities and indigenous groups as examples) not just in Latvia.
The possible positive psychological effects of allowing marginalized people a voice in such a way are staggering. And while it, obviously, would not fix the underlying issues of marginalization and exclusion, it would go a long way to promoting well-being in otherwise at risk groups.
I am sure that something similar to this is happening in many places, but we don't tend to publicize it well, and it could be done more. And I would love to start this as a website like JR's website (http://www.insideoutproject.net/) but more focused on people's hidden dreams.